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Posted on: November 14, 2021

Highway Driving Tips from Texas Department of Transportation

Highway Driving

Observe speed limits

  • Follow the posted speed.
  • Drive to conditions for bad weather, congestion and construction.

Keep right

  • Signs that say, “Left lane for passing only” identifies a pass-only lane.
  • After you pass someone, move into the right lane once you've safely cleared the vehicle.
  • Impeding the flow of traffic in the left lane is punishable by a fine of up to $200.

Move over or slow down

  • Look out for stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights.
  • Move a lane away from the emergency vehicle.
  • Slow down 20 mph below the posted speed limit if you are unable to safely move over.
  • Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to $200.

Give yourself a break

  • Don’t drive drowsy.
  • Get plenty of rest before your trip.
  • Recognize fatigue warning signs such as yawning, tired eyes, and lane drifting.
  • Get out of your vehicle and stretch your legs every two hours.
  • Rest for 15-20 minutes during each stop.
  • Avoid driving between midnight and 6 a.m.
  • Take a break at a safety rest area or travel information center.

Share the road with large trucks

  • Never cut in front of a truck.
  • Don’t follow too closely. Trucks require more time to stop because they can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds.
  • Leave at least four car lengths between the back of your car and the front of a truck as you pass.
  • Avoid the four large blind spots.
  • If you can't see the driver in the truck's side mirror, the driver can't see you.

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